Mother Athina

Mother Athina (The Books of Athina Book 3)4 StarsThere is only so much a person can go through. Danny C. Estes walked us through the incredible break-through Athina/Jim had before the end of the previous installment in the Athina series. In the previous two books Jim held on fiercely to his identity as a man from modern Los Angeles and it was only at the end of the second that Jim came to terms with being Athina. In Mother Athina Estes takes that development and cultivates it further as Jim truly becomes Athina in mind and body by the end of the book. We open with Athina in prison and her father trying various unscrupulous, misguided methods to get her out. Athina remains as she always had been: headstrong and determined not to succumb to the pressure of a convenient marriage. She fights for her innocence and is finally released from her cell. But in the end, is she truly free?

In the beginning of Mother Athina our protagonist is still very much against the idea of marrying any man, especially the one her father has chosen for her. She still rejects the idea of male companionship which alludes to the pieces of Jim’s identity still rumbling within her mind. In this installment there is far less emphasis on breasts and buttocks so perhaps the over-all attention paid to these parts of the female form in previous books were a tool to keep the reader aware that Jim was the one in control. Near the middle of the tale Jim has accepted he is a woman, he is Athina, and that he could try to have a relationship with a man. Estes refers to Athina using female pronouns more and more often as the tale unfolds which subtly hints to readers that Jim is slowly leaving. While there will always be a part of him within her, the truth becomes that Athina is no longer Jim, and she is no longer Athina. She is a combination of the two.

As if treachery and betrayal wasn’t enough for Athina to go through she must suffer loss. Athina achieves a fantastic breakthrough in discovering her feelings for Wendell and all he has done for her. The book is called Mother Athina for a reason and the brief happiness that envelops Athina is lost far sooner than it should be. She doesn’t catch a  break and it is the devastating loss she suffers at the end of the book which will rend relationships and steel her to her resolve much more than what would have happened if all had remained alive.

Estes does a good job showing the anguish Athina goes through during the loss of her son, John, and the deep loss she suffers near the end of the book. Our protagonist is no stranger to losing people she cares about and the development of her emotional response is that much purer in this installment than previous. No longer does Athina have to wrestle with being Jim as well as managing her loss; now she is allowed to be Athina alone and grieve with all her heart. Some relationships may never be recovered in the final book, but that remains to be seen.

This is a fantastic installment in the Athina series that will have readers eager for the final tome.

Pages: 234 | ASIN: B00VVMQ3G6

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